Friday, January 31, 2014

Drinking the Valentine's Haterade

WARNING: If you are offended by colorful language, or what we referred to where I grew up as cussin', then you should close this window and not read any further.

I have always hated Valentine's Day. It makes single people feel like losers and puts undue pressure on couples to express their love for each other on one arbitrary day, rather than just being nice to each other the other 364 days. It places too much emphasis on buying one's love with expensive material things. And I really hate flowers and at least one person always gets a big bouquet delivered to the office sending me into allergy hell.

My wedding anniversary also happens to be 3 days after Valentine's Day, which prompts at least one person every year to ask me if we got married on that day because of the holiday. I've always thought that question was really stupid. If we cared so much about it why wouldn't we have gotten married ON Valentine's Day instead of 3 days later? I try to tell the truth, which is that we got married on that Friday because my husband was having life-saving surgery the following Monday and we needed to get him on my health insurance plan before that date. Perhaps I get a little enjoyment from making stupid people feel uncomfortable.

In addition to just hating the holiday, I also dislike how around this time of year my Pinterest board gets flooded with Valentine's decoration ideas. Pages and pages of hearts and pink/red everywhere. But the thing that bugs me more than anything are those stupid LO-VE graphics. you know the ones. Why do they have to put it on 2 separate lines? it's only 4 letters. It doesn't make a lick of sense.

So this year I put my irrational anger to work. I made my own reaction to those silly Love posters.

This little wall-hanging/table topper is 16.5" x 17.5". I used scrap fabrics for the letters and kelbysews paper piecing pattern printed at half size. The background fabric is a timeless treasures novelty fabric with personal ads.

I used a b/w/r poppies fabric for the backing and binding. There are little pockets in the top corners to add a dowel rod for hanging. I outlined the letters in red thread with my walking foot and then free motion quilted the rest with black and white threads.

I am really happy with the quilting. I did an echo shell in the background of the letters and then a spiral shell pattern in the timeless treasures background. I made a wavy U shape in the solid black border. I usually wash all of my quilts but I left this one unwashed in order to highlight the quilting stitches.

For all my fellow haters out there, this mini is in the shop.

17 comments:

  1. Haha, love it. Im not a very festive person myself but Valentine's Day has always especially bothered me. Its just so overdone and fake.

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  2. Love it! My husband really loves it!

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  3. That made me laugh! And I love the wall hanging!

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  4. Mmm, delicious Haterade! Great post, great quilt. :)

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  5. I love this! I don't think that Valentine's Day is important...not a huge hater either. but this is just too cool. The quilting looks fab.

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  6. This is amazing! The only reason I've always loved Valentines Day even when I was single, was that it was my birthday. But I'm still bitter that in elementary school I could never celebrate on my birthday, cause we had the stupid Valentines Day party instead.

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  7. I LOVE this too! My birthday is Feb. 13th so my reasons for hating on V Day is because everyone combined my birthday and V Day and EVERYTHING I was given for my birthday was red, pink and had hearts! You summed up how I feel perfectly!

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  8. L O
    V E
    It! LOL Nice little quilt.

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  9. heh. nice job! i have to stay offline that day as much as possible to keep from throttling everyone.

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  10. Ah, very very good! My first laugh-out-loud moment of the day when I saw the photo of your quilt! Great sense of humour, fantastic fun!

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  11. Yes - bleurgh to Valentine's day. I don't understand people who make Valentine's decorations. Do they really think their partner/husband/boyfriend is going to be thrilled with soppy clutter? Also, this is the best ever cartoon about Valentine's day: http://xkcd.com/1016/

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  12. Love it Sara! Makes me think we should go round two of the sailors mouth swap :o)

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  13. I pretty much hate it too... thanks for being bold about it lol

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  14. Ha ha- I love it- you have to look twice to read the letters, and then again as you think "is that really an f word quilt?!" love the soft/hard clash.

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  15. That is brilliant! Beautiful vitriol:-)

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  16. Haha! This is brilliant! I love that you chose the personal ads for the border. It adds just the perfect touch of cynicism.

    V-day is dumb. Just last night Ian and I got a box of chocolates in the mail from my parents (which was nice of them) and Ian got this panicked look and said "fuck! do I have to do anything for you for valentine's day?" His face was so funny! And I have no idea why he even thought that since we've never done V-day things in all our 9 years together. So, we're staying in on Friday.

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